Paramedic Science at Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University has worked in collaboration with West Midlands Ambulance Service to develop 2 education programmes, which are 50% theory and 50% practice based learning in Paramedic Science. Practice-based learning is assisted by linking the student with a mentor who guides and facilitates the development of practice skills in the context of paramedic practice predominately in the out of hospital setting. Both programmes provide the opportunity to develop a knowledgeable and competent paramedic who will be fit for purpose, role and employment. The full programmes allow a qualification, which will allow eligibility to apply for Paramedic registration with the Health Professions Council. Students will also be eligible to progress onto the 3rd year of some existing degree programmes.

Staffordshire University has been delighted to be able to support West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust in its drive to increase the number of paramedics in the workforce.

Staffordshire University is the fourth higher education institution in the West Midlands to be commissioned to offer Paramedic trained which meets the competences needed for registration with the Health Professions Council.
The following provides details of both programmes.

Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science
This is a 2-year full time programme that allows those who wish to pursue a career in the ambulance service with no prior out of hospital knowledge, skills and experience.

Entrance Requirements
May consist of either:

5 GSCE passes (or equivalent) at Grade C or above to include English & Maths
A QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Health or Nursing Course
Intermediate GNVQ (6 units studied) plus 1 GCSE A-C
BTEC level 3 in relevant subject
Degree or other Higher Education qualifications
Staffordshire University Foundation Certificate
Core Modules
Introduction to Information & Communication Skills
Healthy Individuals and Communities
Accountability & Professional Issues for Paramedics
Foundation Skills for Paramedic Practice
Evidence Based Practice
Pathophysiology in Paramedic Practice
Pharmacology & Therapeutic Interventions for Out of Hospital Care
Foundation Degree in Professional Development in Paramedic Science
This award is a 32- week full time programme that provides the opportunity to develop the existing knowledge and skills of a qualified ambulance technician

Entrance Requirements

Support of the employing Ambulance Trust or Defence Medical Service
IHCD Technician qualification or equivalent
Minimum of 1 year's practice as qualified technician or equivalent
Core Modules
Skills for Higher Education
Pathophysiology for Paramedics
Professional Issues & Evidence Based Practice
Pharmacology & Therapeutic Interventions for Out of Hospital Care
Paramedic Practice & Role Development

For further information please contact:
Val Nixon. Award Leader for Fd Sc Paramedic Science, Fd Sc Professional Development in Paramedic Science or Paul Swinton Paramedic Lecturer Practitioner, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University. Tel 01785 353766
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